DMC: Areas That Create a Vibrant Community

Since its inception, the Destination Medical Center has been grounded on input and support from the broad community. Initial research involving Mayo Clinic patients, Rochester visitors and area citizens identified key areas for a vibrant urban Rochester.

Starting in January, citizens will be invited to share their ideas – big and small – in each of these areas for DMC as it relates to the urban framework of our Rochester community.  Input will be gathered in , community conversational sessions, public forums and social media for input to inform  the DMC development plan.

Opportunities for input:

Here are some ideas from initial research to get creative juices flowing!

Livable City/Retail/Dining

More downtown living, including affordable housing, walkable access to green space, retail and grocery stores. Add to that a street level that’s engaging and visually interesting.

Sports, Recreation & Nature

Let’s increase activities and areas for sports and recreation and add a green space in the downtown core.

Hospitality/Convention

Integrate and expand access to hotel and hospitality spaces and places, increase accessibility, and offer services at all prices.

Commercial Research and Technology

Offer access, incentives and desirable locations to attract research and technology businesses and jobs to Rochester.

Health and Wellness

Leverage Mayo Clinic’s reputation for excellence in preventative health care to promote health and wellness in all areas.

Learning environment

Work with Rochester’s education community to increase offerings for lifelong learning, education and symposiums.

Arts and Culture/Civic/Entertainment

Add more events and activities during peak patient/visitor times.

Transportation

More parking, more bike trails, and expanded bus service top the wish list.